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Oct 31, 2013 12:00pm EDT
live in just a bit to hear from president obama, he's speaking today at the commerce department's investment summit. he'll be speaking along with ommerce secretary penny pr izker. we'll have that live for you. starting off the day the keynote speaker was treasury secretary jack lue who talked about the state of the global economy, citing improvement and the need to increase demand for economic growth. >> thank you, penny, for that kind introduction. it's great to be here with you this morning. i want to thank the commerce department for hosting the first select u.s.a. summit. i'm here with a simple message. we do not take investment in the united states for granted. we know it's important for jobs, important for our businesses and it's important for our prosperity. in our increasingly global economy, the united states cannot settle for the status quo. that's why president obama made fueling america's competitiveness the cornerstone of his economic policies. our economy is the largers in the world and looking to the future, we need to make it stronger by improving worker training
Oct 31, 2013 4:00pm EDT
. and then there was the use of weapons of mass destruction chemical weapons in which president obama was very clear that we would not tolerate that for my and if necessary, we would use force. this committee supported the president in that decision, that chemical weapons cannot be used without a response from the international community. you are here today to say that you are following up on destroying those -- or removing those chemical weapons. i did not hear any one of you say anything about the person who was responsible being held accountable. i hear you say that we will be negotiating between the government and the opposition on a new government. i heard you say that assad will probably not be part of that because the opposition has the veto right. but it seems to me that we are so quiet about holding those foronsible accountable their international criminal actions, and we seem to be timid in raising that subject because we are afraid it makes negotiations more complicated. but if you don't mention them, and we will not get that type of accountability. maybe they will use these weapons -- maybe they
Oct 31, 2013 6:00pm EDT
to the states. >> senate republicans blocked two obama nominees. as a newbie to washington, what do you say about -- what does this say about how washington works or does not work, and how does this impact you with so many unfilled positions at the interior department? >> i've never seen anything like it in my life. [laughter] very different than the private sector. very, very different. it takes a little bit longer, has all kinds of publications, but i'm confident he will round out a strong team at interior, led by mike connor. i can is the nominee to be deputy secretary of the interior. fantastic, knowledgeable resource. rings a great at a background. he is through a senate committee, who has agreed to forward his nomination to the full senate, and he is in the list of those to get voted on by the full senate. we assumed, nominated yesterday to be as assistant secretary of fish and wildlife, currently serving as policy management and budget. these are two terrific individuals. there are other old that are serving in an acting capacity in the department of the interior, and i am treating t
Nov 1, 2013 10:00am EDT
with obama, we will have that live for you at 1:30 eastern here on c-span. and news that impacts more than 47 million americans who receive food stamps through the supplemental nutrition assistance program. that program is facing a cut as temporary funding through the federal stimulus expires today. congress, which has the authorization to stop the cutback over negotiations over the farm bill, which includes funding for food stamps and the nutrition program -- they face a large device -- large divide between the house and senate bill. that is $4 billion for the program while the house version/is nearly $40 billion over 10 years. president obama delivered the remarks at a memorial service for house speaker tom foley who passed earlier this week last week at the age of 84. the spoke and need of served in the house of representatives for 30 years, eventually losing reelection in 1995. other speakers include former president bill clinton, house speaker john boehner, and house speaker nancy pelosi. >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors, the singing of the united
Oct 31, 2013 8:00pm EDT
of president obama's white house team, valerie jarrett. a senior adviser to the president and a longtime confidant of the president. she oversees the office of andgement and affairs chairs the white house council on women and girls. she was the chief executive officer of the habitat company. baldry has held positions in both the public and private sectors and hails from chicago before coming to washington, d.c. lees give gentlemen, a warm welcome to valerie jarrett. [applause] good morning, everyone. you look fantastic out there. we are all delighted to be here. i would like to begin by congratulating a secretary who has truly hit the ground running since the apartment. has traveled all over the world and gave a party and everyone showed up. you showed up and we were surprised. i also want to give credit to former secretary and now an ofassador who was the brain -- two years ago. we stand up so we can welcome you. [applause] you will be hearing from president obama a little bit later today. let me say a few words about why the summit and why select u.s.a is so important. encouraging inve
Oct 31, 2013 2:00pm EDT
so we can welcome you. [applause] you will be hearing from president obama later today, but that me say a few words about why this summit and why select usa are so important. for the president, encouraging investment in the united states is a core part of his strategy to build and grow our economy. the u.s. remains the largest economy in the world, and is the largest recipient of direct investment from foreign countries, as the secretary mentioned. the competition from your partnership is fierce. it is global. the united states can no longer rely on being the biggest economy or the obvious choice. we have to work every day to do our very best. select usa is the result of it the president's broad commitment -- makeit clear you're it easier to do business. we are centralizing resources to give information and assistance you need to navigate the u.s. marketplaces. that is why it is so important we are joined i representatives of state and local governments because they are partners in this effort. he should leave today with resources and relationships that you need to make select usa w
Oct 28, 2013 2:00pm EDT
president obama said, if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. no one will be able to take that away from you. my constituent, michael, knows better. his family plan is being canceled. next year he and his expectant wife could see their monthly insurance payments rise from $324 to $895. michael told me it is now impossible for our family to afford private health insurance. on january 1, as many as 16 million americans will have the coverage they are familiar with yanked out from under them. too many will be caught between a rock and a hard place, struggling to afford pricier plans without the guarantee of subsidies, but with the threat of tax. yesterday we all know better. if you like your insurance, you won't necessarily get it keep it because president obama and 279 congressional democrats chose to pass a flawed law that for many strips the choice away. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house
Oct 29, 2013 2:00pm EDT
the increase in the debt ceiling which they were unable to win a -- the showdown with president obama over in terms of extracting additional spending cuts, you know, in exchange for that. so basically this is an opportunity for them to go on the record to show their disapproval but it's not going .o go anywhere >> the committees are meeting tomorrow. how does it play into those discussions tomorrow? >> we're going into a new chapter here. we didn't have much of a pause from the last sessions of negotiating over the debt ceiling in government funding. it's just basically scene setting. i wouldn't put too much into these votes, you know, congress has done this a lot. the house has done a lot of votes to kind of go on the record and show their disapproval of the debt ceiling increases. ut the budget con-- conference , setting that up, is basically underscores the deep riffs between the two parties going into the budget conference. the democrats and the republicans are going to want very different things, and that's why we've seen a lot of reports -- showing that the expectation is very low an
Oct 30, 2013 2:00pm EDT
. according to the poll, commissioned by secure america now, 63% of americans, quote, think the obama administration is covering up the facts about benghazi, end of quote, and only 29% of registered voters say the obama administration benghazi. nest about think about that for a moment. a supermajority of americans believe they have been misled by their government about what happened in benghazi. this is remarkable. the american people know how significant it is that ambassador stevens, the president's personal envoy to libya, was the first ambassador killed in the line of duty in four decades on september 11, 11 years to the day that nearly 3,000 people were killed by al aeda terrorists. the american people intuitively understand that a plot of this scale was not spontaneously inspired, as claimed by the administration's now infamous talking points. the american people also know that it's remarkable that no effort was made by washington to rescue the americans in benghazi or dispatch a hostage rescue team after the ambassador went missing that night. i think the american people also w
Oct 29, 2013 11:00am EDT
obama cosponsored an expansion of illinois' law providing civil immunity for those who use justifiable force to defend themselves. so the notion that stand your ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack, but it is not borne out by the fact remotely. secondly note the issue of alec, an organization that exists to encourage commonsense legislation in state legislatures. i like to enter into the record multiple letters submitted to me by organizations that are concerned about the targeting of alec in conjunction with this hearing. that it shoulde always be a concern when you see the united states senate targeting the exercise of free speech. this observation is not unique to me. 2013, the august 8, "chicago tribune" wrote an editorial that says free speech is not always free. against that right commerce and when senators have you on their enemies list, and it would be wrong for u.s. senator to use their law as a cudgel against their enemies, and i certainly hope that the senate hearing does not become an avenue to suppress free speech. a final point i
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